Victims condemn illegal demolition of communities

RESIDENTS of Apollo Street along Tandang Sora Avenue protested at the Quezon City Hall today to condemn the demolition of their community.

Demolition victim Ernesto Ringor Jr. said Quezon City Police District (QCPD) personnel showed up at their compound under the pretext of the anti-criminality drive Oplan Galugad in the early hours of June 16.

But the initial batch of police officers was followed by more QCPD and demolition personnel later in the morning and started tearing down their houses, Ringor said. Read more

Victims call on Duterte to stop ‘demolition business’

VICTIMS of a recent demolition of an urban poor community along Luzon Avenue in Quezon City called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the unjust destruction of their houses.

The residents said that the Quezon City government and a court sheriff authorized the demolition despite their failure to present a court order. Read more

Kadamay holds Kalbaryo 2016

To dramatize their sufferings as a result of the government’s “anti-poor” housing programs, members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) held its annual procession from Quiapo to Mendiola, Manila last March 22.

Kadamay condemned Benigno Aquino’s government’s failure to solve the housing crisis for the urban poor.

They also scored what they call are unjust wages and lack of social services that would allow them to build better communities.

Kadamay’s “Kalbaryo” is annually staged during Holy Week with participants dramatizing their sufferings by carrying crosses with political demands.

Urban poor hold annual procession (contributed video)

Carrying a cross made by acclaimed Filipino artist Toym Imao, urban poor group KADAMAY (Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap) performs a Lenten tradition to deplore the lack of livelihood and housing that they suffer. From Plaza Miranda fronting the Quiapo Church they passed by Sta. Cruz before proceeding to Mendiola.